Summer A

May 22-July 2, 2023


AR-203  Digital Photography I

This course focuses on photography and the creation of digital imagery. Students will learn to operate a DSLR camera and complete projects utilizing a variety of photographic techniques and genres. Students will learn to express visual concepts through photography while utilizing specific techniques unique to the creation of digital photographic artwork. Final works will be exhibited electronically and in print. Students will also look at the work of contemporary photographers and prepare a presentation on one photographer. The course utilizes primarily Adobe Photoshop on a Mac platform.

4 CreditsF, WK-CE  

BI-270  Infectious Disease & Society

This course focuses primarily on the impact of ten human infectious diseases that have changed the world. Each disease is analyzed from five distinct perspectives: Clinical, Historical, Economic, Artistic, and Public Health. We also discuss genomics aspects of the infective organisms and of their human hosts. Pre- or co-requisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109


BI-400 Environmental Genomics

This course will utilize Microbial Community Analysis leveraging high-throughput sequencing technology to identify the microbes present in naturally occurring our man-made ecosystems. Students will learn both molecular and bioinformatics skill sets, as well as microbial ecology principles throughout this course.

4 CreditsN

EB-211  Business Statistics

This course covers basic descriptive and inferential statistics, normal curve and z-score computations, and addresses hypothesis testing using Chi-Square, T-Test, ANOVA, and linear regression modelling.

3 Credits QS,S

ED-240 Introduction to Students With Exceptionalities

Introduces the culture of exceptionalities within the public special education system. Historical, philosophical, educational, and legal perspectives will be presented. Students will learn the categories of exceptionalities, general characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities eligibility criteria, and the referral process for special education services. Professional and community resources, inclusion and other current issues will be discussed.

3 CreditsSPrerequisites: ED110 and ED111 and ED120 and ED121 or ED130.

EN-376 Writing Across Media

When we want to convey a message to others, how do we choose whether to Tweet, blog, or shoot video? And why does it matter which we choose? Contemporary life asks us to be agile interpreters of images, texts, and sounds. In response, this course immerses students into the theory and practice of how and why we choose the media in which we communicate. Students explore how we understand and manipulate media, but also how media-in and of themselves-influence what gets written and how. Through an assignment sequence that includes text, webtext, image, sound, and video, students gain strength and versatility as writers by honing their awareness of genre, audience, and rhetorical situation. The course culminates in a multimodal, web-based portfolio. This course may be of interest to those considering not only professional writing, but also business, marketing, technology, creative entrepreneurship, media studies, art, and/or design.

3 CreditsH,CW,CTDHPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

GE-101 Local Engagement Seminar

This course should be taken with a co-curricular community-engaged learning (CEL) experience that has been registered and approved in advance. During the seminar, we will examine theory related to understanding citizenship and civic life in the 21st century and discuss challenging questions related to social change, as well as principles and strategies for responsible and ethical engagement with communities.

1 CreditSW-LE

PS-101 Introduction to American Government

An introduction to the theory and practice of American government. The course surveys the underlying structure of American politics, its economic, cultural and legal foundations and the daily practice of politics, e.g. groups, parties, and the mass media. Students are asked to develop an account of American politics and to assess the principal features of political life in the United States according to the standards they have framed.

4 CreditsS, WK-SI

PS-102 Introduction to International Politics

Analyzes the principles and practice of international relations and the foreign policy of the United States, political, diplomatic, military and economic.

4 CreditsS, I, SW-GE

PY-101 Introduction to Psychology

An overview of the content and methodology in the field. Topics such as the history of psychology, physiological psychology, learning and memory, perception, motivation, child development, personality and social foundations are considered

3 CreditsS

PY-302 Moral Judgment

This course meets the Ethical Responsibility requirement. This course will cover basic issues relevant to understanding and evaluating moral judgment. We will compare philosophical models of human judgment with psychological models of human judgment. You will apply both philosophical and psychological models to contemporary ethical issues and reflect on your own beliefs and social responsibilities.

3-4 CreditsS, SW-ER, CTGES

PY-312 Cultural Psychology

Cultural psychology is the scientific study of how cultural norms influence how individuals think, feel, and behave. Cultural psychologists study the ultimate social situation: culture. Questions from this field are relevant to our everyday lives and are important in shaping our understanding of ourselves and views of others.

3 CreditsS 


Summer B

July 5-August 15, 2023


AS-160 Measuring the Universe

This course explores what astronomers know about the size and scale of our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the Universe as a whole. Hands-on exercises introduce students to the tools and techniques used to measure such immense distances.

4 CreditsN,WK-SPPre-req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

CM-133 Mass Media and Society

An examination of the convergence of mass media (print, radio, television, sound, film, and internet) which serve our most common public interests. The focus is on the four primary functions to inform, to entertain, to persuade, and to transmit culture. Students have a better understanding of the tension between media as business and its social responsibility to its citizens. This course is not open to seniors.

3 CreditsH, CS

CONN-202 Science and Society

This course on Science and Society is intended to review historical issues in science and the debate that surrounds societal decision-making. Thus, students will examine this topic from the perspective of scientific process and social inquiry. In addition, we will also review current " hot topics " in science, research these topics from various aspects including societal impacts and scientific advancements. They will also discuss potential resolutions, moving toward becoming more scientifically literate. We will also be discussing current " popular " books on related science. Ultimately, we will compare what the scientists are saying in professional journals versus the interpretation presented to the general public. NOTE: Students are expected to be in their third or fourth year when taking a Connections course.

3 CreditsCONN,CA,CW

EB-105  International Economic Issues

Understanding international economics is increasingly important for private and public decision-makers. In a world of growing economic interdependence, the ability of policy makers to provide a stable environment for business is a key issue. Accordingly, this course develops the principle topics of international economics, including trade theory, the balance of payments, the cause and consequences of exchange rate movements, the flow of capital, currency crises and regional trade issues. The applied topics emphasized will be based on the most pressing current issues.

3 CreditsS,I

EB-351  Marketing Management

Analyzes consumer behavior leading to selection of product as well as pricing, promotion and distribution strategies. Research projects help students apply concepts to the complexities of decision making in marketing. 

3 CreditsSPrerequisite: EB201. 

ED-110 Foundations of Education

Discusses the historical and contemporary bases of major political, economic, legal, sociological, and psychological issues affecting public school systems. Students review current issues in education and write a personal philosophy statement.

3 CreditsSCorequisite: ED111.

FYC-101  First Year Composition

First Year Composition is a three-credit course taken during the first semester of the first year. It focuses on developing critical reading, writing, and analytical skills. Course themes will be chosen by individual instructors. FYC courses follow a process-oriented approach to college work and include peer review, individual conferences with the instructor, and revision cycles. FYC courses will introduce students to different types of reading and writing using varied models, genres, and forms (such as popular, scholarly, digital, and print). The courses build students' information literacy skills, rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, and knowledge of appropriate genre and style conventions. FYC courses focus on developing these skills to prepare students for future academic work.

4 Credits (beginning  Fall 2023)

MS-120 Architectural & Musical Forms

This course explores concepts of form -- the use and organization of aesthetic space -- through studies of how " building and bridge architects " and " musical architects " (composers and producers) structure artforms. Artifacts include everything from Ellis Hall and Brumbaugh Academic Center to large-scale bridges and the works of Frank Gehry, and from simple A-B-A forms to advanced classical and " art rock " musical forms.

3 CreditsWK-FR

SO-101 Introduction to Sociology

The study of human social groups and the social processes that lead to both structural and cultural integration and differentiation primarily within contemporary American society.

3 CreditsS

TH-161 Play/Making

Compositions are a collaborative way to rehearse a play, build a play, and nurture ensemble. Built off an idea or theme, book or novel, or an existing play, these short theatre pieces can be woven together into a full-length production or simply stand-alone exercises to deepen an artists' understanding of work. We will be building all of our work off of a central idea with multiple source documents with the goal of creating a final, full-length performance piece.

3 CreditsWK-CE, H, F



Financial Info

Tuition: $500 per credit hour
Technology Fee: $50 per online course
Special course fees for materials, travel, etc., may also be charged.

Tuition and fees for Summer Term will be billed in late April. Questions about billing and payment should be directed to the Bursar's Office at or (814) 641-3188.

Contact the Student Financial Planning Office at or (814) 641-3142 for information about financial aid for summer term.

Preparing for Success: What to Expect

The following equation will help you determine the hourly amount of time that will be required for your online course:

(15 weeks per semester * number of credits * 1 in class hour) + (15 weeks per semester * 2 out of class hours * number of credits) = semester long time commitment. For a 3-credit class, this equation would equal 135 hours.

For condensed courses (courses offered in less than 15 weeks), take the total of the equation above and divide by the number of weeks you have to complete the work. For a 3-credit course offered in a six-week time frame, you should expect to spend approximately 22-23 hours per week on the coursework.